De Omdal passed away September 29, 2013, at the LaConner Retirement Inn in LaConner, Wash. She was born to William and Lerah Alwood in Edgerton, on the prairie of Alberta, Canada, on September 15, 1919. Her family moved to Washington when De was five years old, and she completed her elementary grades at the Blanchard School. When her father took a job at a lumber mill in Aberdeen, the family moved to a house on the Wishkah River, where De spent her teenage years. She graduated from Weatherwax High School in 1937.
Following graduation, she went back to the Skagit Valley to visit her Harry Alwood cousins. While working as a waitress at the Orchard Restaurant in Allen, De met her future husband on the day Ben Omdal rode through town on a horse and directly into the restaurant! She and Ben were married June 6, 1939.
De was an unusual 1950s mother who worked at several local businesses for many years, including Kalstrom’s Restaurant (now the Rhododendron Café) in East Edison, the Oyster Bar on Chuckanut Drive, Hudson’s Grocery in Edison, Miller’s Department Store in Mount Vernon, Bluhm’s Grocery in Edison, Stowe’s in Burlington, and Harvey’s Grocery in East Edison. She also sold Avon products and in the summer was a field boss at the Anderson Berry Farm in Bow.
After the war she was a Civil Air Patrol volunteer on Samish Island, and when her children were in school she was an active member of the Edison Grade School PTA. She was a member of the Edison Lutheran Church from 1955 to the present. She enjoyed doing things for others, especially her children, grandchildren, and friends.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Ben Omdal; sister, Vera Bullo; and brothers-in-law, Charles Turner and Wayne Bullo. She is survived by her son, Jim Omdal and his wife, Eleanor of Kent; daughter, Deanna Omdal Scott and her husband, Randy Koster of Mt Vernon; daughter-of-the-heart, Ellen Derkland of Burlington; sister, Helen Turner of Aberdeen; brother, James Alwood and his wife, Eileen of Hoquiam; grandchildren Bret Omdal, Kathalene Scott Cassels, Natalie Scott Koncz; and five great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Edison Lutheran Church at 11 am, on Saturday, November 16, 2013, and lunch will be served.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Edison Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank the staff at Island Hospital, especially doctors Kotal and Brown, and the staff at LaConner Retirement Inn, especially Pauline, James, Olivia, and Todd.